The world is designed for tall people. Do you use a step stool to reach the top cabinet? Do your feet dangle off the front of every sofa? Do you stand on you tiptoes to see over the deli counter? If any of these sound like you, you are not alone!
Much like everything else, golf cars were designed for average sized men. So, if you are shorter than average, like me (I am 5’2”), this could present a few annoyances. Over the years, I have worked out a few of my vertically challenged golf car struggles and I am happy to share them.
Short Person Issue 1: I Can’t Reach the Shifter
Shifting between forward and reverse seems like such a simple thing. It is easy to assume that this would be an easy task in a golf car. And yet, shifting can be a struggle when nothing about a golf car is built for someone under 5’4” small. Some golf cars have short little shifters that make shifting impossible (I’m looking at you, E-Z-GO).
Thankfully, there is a solution. I installed a Caddy Shift extended shifter on my golf car several years ago and shifting is no longer an aggravation. It is a longer, angled handle with an easy to grip knob that accommodates my shorter arms and prevents me from having to lean forward excessively.
Hooray! A win for the short people!
Short Person Issue 2: Can’t Reach the Pedals
It isn’t that I can’t reach the pedals at all. I just can’t reach them comfortably for an extended period of time. Once I discovered the Back Buddy, my lumbar aching, pedal reaching challenges were over. Measuring 6” thick and made from high quality foam, the Back Buddy pushes me forward in my golf car seat and provides additional lumbar support. It fits on any make/model golf car with adjustable straps and is easy to take on the go.
Be careful. Your taller associates will think that your Back Buddy is so comfy that they will try to use it, too. Back off, tall people!
Short Person Issue 2: Lifted Golf Cars
Sometimes it is great to be a passenger cruising around with drink in hand. But it can be embarrassing when you are asked to “hop on” the rear seat of a lifted golf car. If your golf car is lifted and you enjoy riding in the back from time to time, invest in a rear seat safety step.
Not only does the step make my life easier as a fun sized person, but it is safer for children and seniors who may be riding on your golf car. It is simple to install and gives the lift I need.
I enjoy my life as a short person and have been mostly successful with finding solutions for challenges presented. This little list is all I need to be perfectly happy with my golf car. Are you a short person who has a golf car solution that I missed? If so, email me and tell me about it.
About the Author: The Owner of WHEELZ Custom Carts & Accessories, Julie Starr was one of the industry’s first online retailers of golf car products. Her eCommerce store, www.WHEELZLLC.com, has been serving golf car owners since 2008 and the store remains a popular online shopping experience for golf car owners who want to take their golf cars to the next level.